Royal Caribbean Cancels Cruises, Set to Restart in May 2021

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As the new round of cancellations continues to be announced from major cruise lines around the world, Royal Caribbean has now joined the list. The cruise has extended its suspension in the U.S. through April 2021 with the first sailings from the country now planned for May.

Royal Caribbean Extends Suspension

The new adjustments announced by Royal Caribbean Group on Tuesday morning impacts all owned cruise brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, and Azamara. There are more specific for each line depending on regions and ships.

Royal Caribbean International which is the leading operator was previously planning on returning in March but now that won’t be the case. The cruise line has canceled sailings through April 30, 2021. This means cruises will not resume until the start of May at the earliest.

Spectrum of the Seas sailings are canceled through February 28. And the new update excludes Quantum of the Seas as that ship has already resumed operations with cruises to nowhere out of Singapore.

Celebrity Cruises has also canceled sailings until the start of May 2021. It also includes the cancellation of the Celebrity Apex May 1 transatlantic voyage. Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation European and transatlantic voyages through October 2021 are also now canceled.

The smaller Silversea Cruises has canceled cruises fleetwide through April 1 and Azamara through April 30, 2021.

Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas Cruise Ship
Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean

Why More Cancelations?

The cruise company focuses on new health and safety protocols to make sure guests and crew remain safe. Royal Caribbean works with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on the framework for the Conditional Sailing Order. It’s taking time to work out all the procedures and implements them across the fleet.

Health and safety is essential and the last thing the cruise line needs is for another outbreak once cruises resume. Cruise ships have already started returning to Florida to prepare which also includes bringing back the crew.

Recently, Cruise Hive reported on Allure of the Seas returning to Florida for the first time since early March when the pandemic really started impacting the cruise line.

Royal Caribbean had previously planned on resuming cruises in March 2021. Today’s news follows other major cruise lines that have also extended the pause on operations. Carnival Cruise Line has already announced further cancellations through March 2021.

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